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May 21, 2012, 11:15 am

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30 Simple Rhyming Riddles


Wanderers beware, these gates open not,

Except to those only who the way have bought.

You may purchase the right to pass me by,

By each guessing my riddles. Care to try?


I touch the Earth, I touch the sky, But if I touch you, you'll surely die.

Hover for the answer


A head but no body, a heart but no blood, just leaves and no branches, I grow without wood.

Hover for the answer


A sturdy back and legs couting four, I once was alive, but I am no more.

Hover for the answer


I die without air, yet I have no lung, I am cherished, yet feared by those I have stung.

Hover for the answer


I live in the oceans, the rivers and seas, when I'm cold I float, when I'm hot, I'm free.

Hover for the answer


I run all day and I never walk, I have a big mouth, but never talk.

Hover for the answer


In the warm months I wear grean, both at day and at night. As it cools I shed yellow, but during winter wear white.

Hover for the answer


My feet stay warm, but my head is cold. No one can move me, I'm just too old.

Hover for the answer


Red as blood and sweet as wine. A hard hard heart within flesh sublime.

Hover for the answer


White flesh above and brown gills below. Never moving an inch, and in darkness I grow.

Hover for the answer


I run away every day and return every night. I am the bane of the flower and the theives' delight.

Hover for the answer


I rest near the shore, never touching the sea, I bring worlds together, yet people trod on me.

Hover for the answer


A solid white box, equal size on all faces. I make the luck of the game and of gambling places.

Hover for the answer


Never darkness do I see, not even a shadowy place. You can oft see me all day, though I might burn your face.

Hover for the answer


I float on the water. I fly through the sky. I come from plants. Without me you'll die.

Hover for the answer


I sing when I'm struck or whenever they shake me. By mould and cast, the craftsmen make me.

Hover for the answer


I'm bound and remember every word I was given. I share my knowledge to all with eyes to listen.

Hover for the answer


I spit like bacon, am made with an egg, I have plenty of backbone but lack good legs,
I peel like an onion but still remain whole, I'm long like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole.

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Halo of water, tongue of wood. Skin of stone, long I've stood.

Hover for the answer


I bear milk and food from sunny lands. I have palms but have no hands.

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I'm beaten, never free. Men seek me each day. Yet they only get me to give me away.

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A word I know that six letters contains, subtract the last and only twelve remains.

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My thunder comes before lightning, and quakes before the cloud,
My rain burns all it touches, as blood red stones enshroud.

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Voiceless I cry, and wingless flutter. Toothless I bite, and mouthless mutter.

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Throw me away to use me, and take me in when done. My metal body will drown and then motion stun.

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I am buried in wood from one end to the other, but my head is exposed while I keep things together.

Hover for the answer


I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place.

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One man makes it to sell it, another buys but never uses. The one who uses it is dead so who cares what he chooses.

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I am seen in the water if seen in the skies. I am in the rainbow and in many eyes.

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Lighter once formed and downward I thrust. Crystalline spears that never rust.

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Additional Ideas (12)

Please add this to your list:

You heard me before,

Yet you hear me again,

Then I die,

'Til you call me again



2013-03-06 10:46 PM » Link: [6676#85322|text]

Please add this to your list:

Until I am measured

I am not known,

Yet how you miss me

When I have Flown.



2013-03-06 10:49 PM » Link: [6676#85323|text]

Please add this to your list:

Each morning I appear

to lie at your feet,

All day I follow

no matter how fast you run,

Yet I nearly perish

in the midday sun.



2013-03-06 10:57 PM » Link: [6676#85325|text]

Please add this to your list (a variation of #29):

I am seen in the water

If seen in the sky,

I am in the rainbow,

A jay's feather,

and lapis lazuli.



2013-03-06 11:02 PM » Link: [6676#85327|text]

Please add this to your list:

Lovely and round

I shine with pale light,

Grown in the darkness,

a lady's delight.



2013-03-06 11:05 PM » Link: [6676#85328|text]

Please add this to your list:

When young,

I am sweet in the sun.

When middle-aged,

I make you gay.

When old,

I am valued more than ever.



2013-03-06 11:08 PM » Link: [6676#85329|text]

Please add this to your list:

All about

But cannot be seen,

Can be captured

But cannot be held,

No throat

But can be heard.



2013-03-06 11:14 PM » Link: [6676#85330|text]

Please add this to your list (a variation of #21):

I drivemen mad

For the love of me,

Easily beaten

Never free.



2013-03-06 11:19 PM » Link: [6676#85331|text]

Please add this to your list:

I am only useful

when I am full.

Yet, I am always

 full of holes.



2013-03-06 11:28 PM » Link: [6676#85334|text]

Please add this to your list (a variation of #30):

Glittering points

that downward thrust,

Sparking spears

that never rust.



2013-03-06 11:32 PM » Link: [6676#85335|text]

Please add this to your list:

Lighter than what

I am made of,

More of me is hidden

than is seen.



2013-03-06 11:35 PM » Link: [6676#85336|text]

Please add this to your list:

I turn around once,

What is out will not get in.

I turn around again,

What is in will not get out.



2013-03-06 11:38 PM » Link: [6676#85337|text]
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May 1, 2012, 15:41
Update: I started this with 10 simple riddles from an old video game, and I'm running out of steam to finish it. Any suggestions? I will give contribution credit to anyone who significantly helps. If you don't want to post the answer to your riddle in the open, you can send me a PM, and I will post it the same way I did the others.
May 14, 2012, 19:55
ran a google search and found the following link: http://dan.hersam.com/riddles.html
May 18, 2012, 11:31
Update: Added several more riddles, but can't get to the answers yet. Power is failing. Updates soon.
May 21, 2012, 11:25
Mega thanks to Moonlake for finding a link to a ton of inspiring riddles. The first 10 are from Warlords Battlecry 2. The last 13 are inspired and modified from the link Moonlake found.

These riddles are not intended to be complicated. My players like coming across the occasional riddle-spewer, but they don't like waiting when the riddles are so hard that only one person could possibly figure it out.
May 21, 2012, 12:30
Hovering doesn't work on my iPad, regrettably.
May 22, 2012, 8:16
Kassy, I'll send you the answers in a PM :)
Voted Cheka Man
May 21, 2012, 21:27
Only voted
Voted Mourngrymn
May 21, 2012, 21:55
Interesting... not spectacular but ok.
Voted Silveressa
May 22, 2012, 0:32
An interesting 30's list, especially good for riddle contests at town celebrations or to stump the know it all wizard of the party.
Voted Kassy
May 22, 2012, 16:51
Thanks for sending me a copy via PM Omega.

A nice set of riddles to fit well into a campaign. As Silveressa has already mentioned; these would be fun to throw at your party's Wizard ;-)

Voted Redgre
May 25, 2012, 19:00
I enjoyed this one. I'd like to see more added.
Voted Phaidros
May 29, 2012, 3:55
A list of riddles is always nice to have when playing, as paswords or as tests.
Voted inspectornoclue
March 6, 2013, 22:54
I don't know how to send you (Omega) a "PM" message. Maybe I could just e-mail you.
March 6, 2013, 23:01
No worries, inspector: you used the Add an Idea button correctly. You don't have to contact omegadraco to add them to the sub, they're now as much a part of it as the rest.
March 6, 2013, 23:21
But they won't have that cool "Hover for the answer" feature!
March 6, 2013, 23:24
I forgot to say, I got these rhyming riddles from an old game on our Atari, 30 years ago.
Copied them down on paper as we solved them.
Voted valadaar
July 8, 2014, 11:27
Very useful!


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Hu's Iron Ball

       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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